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Birdsong-chorus mornings, backyard cookouts, homegrown tomatoes, T-shirts and shorts, crickets and starry nights ... at least in some ways, livin's easy in summer.

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Mary Anne DeLapp of downtown is a college administrator

What do you most look forward to this summer? I'm new to Colorado Springs. I'll be keeping my eye open for outdoor concerts and whatever the symphony offers.

Of the four seasons, rank summer. First. It's a time of freedom and less care. You spoil yourself a little more. You smell the fresh-cut grass. Flowers are everywhere.

Name your best memory from last summer. Ten days on the beach in Manzanita, Ore., with my grandson.

What's your best bet for a memorable time this summer? Getting to know Colorado Springs better, and a family reunion in a little Norwegian town near Seattle.

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Elijah Brannon of downtown is a carpenter and luthier

Is there an event you're especially looking forward to this summer? The Punk Fest [a gathering of punk bands and fans every June].

What's your best summer memory? Hopping trains up to Santa Cruz to spend the summer with buddies on the beach, going surfing.

What's your best bet for a memorable experience this summer? My girlfriend and I always do something new for her birthday. This summer she wants an adventure birthday, going skydiving and rafting the same day.

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Rachel Harmon of Denver is a social worker

Is there something you're especially looking forward to this summer? Going to Steamboat [Springs] to float in the river.

What epitomizes summer to you? My friends do a pork-off every year, a cookout competition that turns into a big party with trophies and T-shirts.

What's your ultimate summer drink? Summer is the only time all year I drink beer, so it'd have to be a cold Budweiser.

Relate your best memory from last summer. A bunch of friends coming to town. We went to see Leftover Salmon and went camping on my birthday.

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Lori Oreskovich of Fountain is a deputy sheriff

Is there a concert you're looking forward to this summer? Brandi Carlile in July.

What epitomizes summer for you? Having friends over for cookouts.

Name your ultimate summer song, food, or drink. "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams, hot wings and ribs on the grill, and cranberry and vodka with a splash of orange juice.

What's your best memory from last summer? Hot tub parties.

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